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Thursday, January 30, 2020

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La Opinión Endorses Kevin de León for Los Angeles City Council

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The largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States, La Opinión, announced this week that its editorial board has endorsed Kevin de León's campaign to become the next City Council member to serve Los Angeles’ 14th District.

La Opinión praised Kevin's experience as a policymaker and public servant, as well as his broad range of accomplishments in the state legislature including his work on gun safety and sweeping initiatives to make sure all Californians can breathe clean air and drink clean water.

"La Opinión considera que la experiencia de liderazgo de Kevin de León así como las coaliciones que encabeza, sus posiciones, trayectoria y logros, lo convierten en el candidato preferible para llevar adelante a la ciudad de Los Ángeles."

"La Opinión believes that Kevin de León's leadership experience as well as the coalitions that he leads, his positions, and his record of accomplishments, make him the preferred candidate to carry the city of Los Angeles into the future."

This comes as de León has earned the support of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Governor Jerry Brown, the women-run Heart of LA Democratic Club, and a growing body of community leaders.

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In the course of a remarkable career, Kevin de León has been an educator, planned one of the largest civil rights marches in California history, and became the first Latino leader of the California State Senate in 130 years. For the last decade, de León represented Senate District 24, which overlaps a significant portion of City Council District 14.

Currently, he is a professor, senior analyst, and distinguished policymaker-in-residence at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; as well as a Distinguished Fellow for Climate, Environmental Justice and Health with the USC Schwarzenegger Instituted at the University of Southern California.

As Senate Leader, he secured more than $68 million to revitalize the Los Angeles River, $176 million to clean up toxic waste around the former Exide Technologies facility, funding for more than a dozen new parks, and $26 million to complete the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

He appropriated tens of millions of dollars to make Los Angeles schools more energy-efficient through Prop 39, bringing relief to city taxpayers. De León also authored Proposition 68, to keep drinking water clean and open new parks throughout the state. As author of Proposition 2, he secured the largest financial investment to build permanent supportive housing for Californians experiencing homelessness, especially in Los Angeles.

He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors.

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